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Recommended Systems for Agisoft PhotoScan


Compact Dual GPU


Ideal for budgets of $3,500+ 

  • Intel Core i7 6850K or 6900K
  • Dual GTX 1070 or 1080
  • Up to 128GB of RAM

If you are looking for an affordable entry point into using PhotoScan, or want the best performance per dollar, dual GPUs is a great way to go. The options allow for up to 20% performance boost over the base CPU / GPU combination, and a wide range of drive choices.

Mid Tower Triple GPU


Increased performance for $6,500+

  • Intel Core i7 or Xeon E5
  • Triple GTX 1070 or GTX 1080
  • Up to 512GB of RAM

Moving up to triple GPUs and a higher core count processor can increase PhotoScan performance 30-70% over the base dual GPU configuration. This design is also in a larger tower with room for more drives and support for twice the amount of RAM.

Full Tower Quad GPU


Maximum performance for $10,000+

  • Dual Intel Xeon E5 CPUs
  • Quad GTX 1080
  • Up to 512GB of RAM

Going to a quad GPU setup provides the best possible performance in PhotoScan, with 130-150% faster results than the base dual GPU design. Because adding more GPUs requires more CPU cores to be effective, this setup uses a pair of Xeon processors.

Which system is right for you?

There are so many different models, brands, and revisions of hardware that choosing the right components for your system can be a huge challenge. We've taken the time to perform in-depth analysis and consulted with professional PhotoScan users to determine what specifications impact this program the most. This ensures that you will be getting a system that has all the capabilities you need without spending money on components that will not be beneficial.

Compact Dual GPU

If you need a compact platform for PhotoScan, or want the most cost-effective option (performance per dollar, rather than absolute highest performance) this compact dual GPU system is ideal. We have found that the Build Dense Point Cloud step in PhotoScan is by far the longest and most demanding part of this software, making up 50 to 90% of the overall runtime. This step is also heavily GPU accelerated, and for that reason we have focused our designs on multiple video cards to improve overall performance.

In addition to this GPU-centric approach, this design also offers multiple drive options and fairly high RAM capacities in order to suit the needs of a variety of users. We recommend a SSD for the OS / application, another SSD for your active images / projects, and then a large hard drive for storage. The amount of RAM needed will depend on the number and size of images in your data set, and what quality settings are being used. Here is a chart from Agisoft showing their memory recommendations.

Mid Tower Triple GPU

Because of how dependent on GPU performance the point cloud building step in PhotoScan is, the best way to increase overall application speed is adding more GPUs. Adding GPUs also requires increasing the number of CPU cores, though, in part because the CPU cores become more efficient when working in tandem with more GPUs. Agisoft also recommends disabling one CPU core in the software for each additional GPU, so additional cores are needed in that respect as well. This larger tower system has room for up to three GPUs, and the added space inside the chassis also allows for more drives and higher amounts of RAM.

This system is built around our popular Genesis I certified system, but with the non-relevant components removed and the allowable number of video cards increased. It includes all of the features that come with that system including free 1-year Next Business Day Onsite Service + 24hr Help Desk support.

Full Tower Quad GPU

If you need the absolute best performance in PhotoScan, regardless of price, then this system is perfect for you. The dual Xeon V3 CPUs this system is built around allow for use of four GPUs, which also require a full tower chassis in order to fit and be properly cooled. The drive options and RAM capacity are not increased from the triple GPU option above, though, so the only reason to move up to this is reducing the time that PhotoScan takes to complete projects. If you are working with larger projects that need more memory than this configuration offers please contact our consultants so we can configure a custom system that will better meet your exact needs.

This system is based on our Genesis II certified system, but with the non-relevant components removed and both the cooling and allowable number of video cards increased. It includes all of the features that come with that system including free 1-year Next Business Day Onsite Service + 24hr Help Desk support.

Looking for more detail on our testing methods and why we chose this hardware for PhotoScan? View our list of Recommended Hardware!

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